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The Top Wordpress Themes

The Top Wordpress Themes

 

Just as there are tons of WordPress plugins, thousands of different Wordpress themes exist today. And when you’re building a new website, lots of options are a good (and bad) thing. Lots of choice can be overwhelming, so how do you choose? You can spend days looking at themes and still not be sure which one is right. So to help, here are the top Wordpress themes:

 

There are two main categories of Wordpress themes to choose from: paid and free. Paid themes often have more features but that does not necessarily mean they are the best choice. A great free theme will always be better than a buggy-paid-theme that does not always work like it should.

 

How to Understand CMS: Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress

How to Understand CMS: Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress

 

Getting your website design online doesn’t need to be a tricky decision. There are three big contenders in the modern CMS (Content Management System) battle. It goes like this: Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress. So which CMS is best?

 

The answer to that is that it depends. There are two things that you need to consider when you are deciding:

 

1.      Your level of technical knowledge and the amount of time you have to devote to learning how to use the system.

2.      The type of website that you are building.

 

Shopping Cart Platforms Comparison

How to Understand Shopping Carts to Improve Sales

 

Choosing the right shopping cart is critical to making money online and smoothly running a successful ecommerce store. Getting it right will save you time, heartache, and ultimately money. But getting it wrong can be frustrating and costly. The choice is not always easy as there are a lot of shopping carts and ecommerce platforms available. But this shopping cart comparison will help.

 

In the offline world a shopping cart is something that customers use to carry items to the cash register. Online it does much more. An online shopping cart is your shop window, your display shelves, your trolley, your cash register, your inventory management system, your sales reporting system, and more.

 

The Top WordPress Plugins Your Blog Needs

The Top WordPress Plugins Your Blog Needs

 

A Wordpress website has four main pillars – Wordpress itself, a theme, Wordpress plugins, and your content. Without one of these pillars, your site will not be effective.

 

The core Wordpress code allows you to build a website in the first place while your theme determines how it will look. The Wordpress plugins that you install make your website work the way you want it to.

 

There are thousands to choose from and there are several that almost every website can benefit from. There are premium options, but many are free.

 

But Wait, What Is A Plugin?

 

What is an SSL Certificate and Why Do You Need One?

What is an SSL Certificate and Why Do You Need One?

 

An SSL certificate allows information between your website and your users to be transmitted safely. They are used for many different web security situations, including every legitimate ecommerce store on the internet, as well as websites that require you to fill out forms that contain personal or sensitive information.

 

It is a bit like having your own Batphone.

 

Phones like the Batphone have that necessary personal touch. They are a direct link between the hero and someone in power who might need to contact the hero quickly and securely.

 

How to Understand Reputation Management, Reviews, and Citations

How to Understand Reputation Management, Reviews, and Citations

 

It’s easy to think that website marketing and search engine optimization are complicated. But marketing a local business online is not any different in principle to the old, traditional forms of marketing. It is about building up your reputation (reputation management), getting your name out there (citations), and treating your customers well (reviews and advocates).

 

Reputation Management (and Reviews)

 

Some people think reputation management is something that you do when things go wrong. Things like a series of negative reviews or an attack by a disgruntled employee are examples. If this ever happens, you might need to bring in professional help.

 

Should You Have a Mobile version of Your Site?

Should You Have a Mobile version of Your Site?

 

Sure, mobile web usage means a lot for your business. It’s just that the use of mobile devices is becoming so normal that quoting statistics is almost a moot point. We no longer give out figures showing how many Americans own a television set, for example. But the numbers for smartphones and tablets still remain relevant today. In the U.S., 55% of adults own a smartphone and 42% own a tablet.

 

Should you have a mobile version of your site? The answer is yes.

 

How to Understand the New Domain Name Extensions

How to Understand the New Domain Name Extensions

 

Not long ago, experts believed the Internet was too full. They wanted to keep new websites closed – and digitally shuttle businesses into a virtual waiting room, where they’d wait and wonder when their website would be available.

 

Yes. The world of websites has officially gone weird.

 

People want more personal touch in the digital marketplace. And now because of these things called TLDs, it’s possible. The abbreviation stands for Top Level Domain and it refers to the part of a website address after the dot.

 

So .com, .net, and .org are all examples.

 

How to Build your Brand Online

How to Build your Brand Online

 

The most important tool to build your brand online is the personal touch of your website. When you create a solid foundation, all of the other tools feed into the look and feel of your website. Your newsletter marketing, social media accounts, appearances in the media, and the content on your blog all work together to build your brand online. But there are a lot of moving parts. And it can get messy.

 

Do the Little Things Well

 

Starting with WordPress - iPage Tutorials

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and CMS platforms out there due to its many features and versatility but it may also be daunting for beginners. Wordpress is a content management system and can be used to build and manage your website’s design and content. There are many templates available to customize the look and feel of your site. Wordpress also has many plugins available to make your website or blog more functional. Plugins can help you with SEO, social media, reducing spam and even ecommerce.

 

Here are some great tutorials to get you started with WordPress.

 

WordPress: Tutorials

 

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